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Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle

Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle An exclusively bird, reptile, and small mammal practice An exclusively bird, reptile, and small mammal practice

The only exotic pet clinic in the Pacific NW staffed by 2 veterinarians who are board certified specialists in their areas of exotic animal expertise.

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Here is the latest news on avian influenza from the state veterinarian. They are not concerned about it in our state at ...
04/14/2022
Washington State Department of Agriculture

Here is the latest news on avian influenza from the state veterinarian. They are not concerned about it in our state at this time.

-Avian Influenza: Show Go or Show No?
Dr. Amber Itle, Washington State Veterinarian
This week, I’ve gotten several inquiries about highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and whether poultry shows should be cancelled. So far, we have been fortunate not to have any indication of HPAI in the Pacific Flyway (shown in red below) at this time. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and APHIS Wildlife Services continue to pursue active surveillance of wild waterfowl and follow up on all mortality events. We anticipate that a detection in waterfowl would be an early indicator that the disease is a threat since waterfowl are responsible for spreading the virus through fecal droppings that contaminate waterways and the environment. WSDA is actively doing avian influenza surveillance, and pursuing investigations on all reports of sick or dead domestic poultry including commercial and backyard flocks. So far, there have been no detections as a result of that active work by both WDFW and WSDA.

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We know that currently there are outbreaks of HPAI on 180 premises in 26 states resulting in over 26 million chickens/turkeys that were required to be depopulated. At this time, the farthest west HPAI has made it is Montana, and experts believe that these are still introductions associated with the Central flyway (shown in green on the map). It is thought that the HPAI in the Central, Atlantic and Mississippi flyways is highly contagious, can infect a larger variety of wild birds and is persisting in the environment longer due to cold environmental conditions (1-2 months) increasing viral loads. Historically, HPAI impacted dabbling ducks most commonly, who carry and spread the virus but don’t get sick. Interestingly, this outbreak has impacted 40 different kinds of wild birds, causing mortality events in some, especially geese. This is very different than the HPAI outbreak we experienced in 2014/15.

Although nothing is zero risk, it appears that at this time geographically, it is still reasonable to hold poultry shows at fairs in Washington. However, contingency planning should be established in case we do detect the virus closer to home. At this time, it is up to the individual fair board to determine whether to cancel based on risk factors. If we do get a detection of HPAI in WA, WSDA will restrict exhibitions and commingling of birds.

Fairs should remain vigilant and employ enhanced biosecurity, including:
1. Encourage frequent hand washing.
2. Restrict the public from touching exhibition birds.
3. House waterfowl and gallinaceous birds separately (in separate areas or barns if possible).
4. Show poultry (chickens, turkey) before, or in a separate barn than waterfowl (geese, ducks).
5. Consider staggering show times or days for poultry and waterfowl.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently.
7. Discourage out-of-state poultry from showing, especially those outside of the Pacific Flyway.
8. Do not share equipment.
9. Report and remove any sick bird immediately.
10. Isolate all exhibition birds away from the home flock for 30 days upon return from the fair.


WDFW feels that migration is on track for most snow geese and other migrating waterfowl to leave WA by the end of the month. Who knows what the Fall with bring with the next migration after commingling of wild birds in Alaska. APHIS Wildlife Services will be doing increased surveillance this year starting in Alaska in July, following the birds south and will be targeting the I-90 corridor by Labor Day. They are hoping to get 32,000 samples.



WSDA is hosting an open house on Tuesday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to share information about its plans to eradicate the invasive Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). The open house will be held at the Grandview Library.

Please please don’t buy animals for easter gifts! Bunnies, chicks and ducklings grow up and need lots of care. They can ...
04/11/2022

Please please don’t buy animals for easter gifts! Bunnies, chicks and ducklings grow up and need lots of care. They can also live 10 years or more!

Baby ducks! Spring has sprung!!
04/07/2022

Baby ducks! Spring has sprung!!

If you are interested in a pet ferret, please do your research and consider adopting from the Washington Ferret Rescue &...
03/12/2022
Washington Ferret Rescue & Shelter

If you are interested in a pet ferret, please do your research and consider adopting from the Washington Ferret Rescue & Shelter! 💕 They have a lots of ferrets very ready for their forever homes! 🏡

Ferret owners- please remind all of us how your furry noodles bring you happiness! Pictures are more than welcome! Our clinic ferrets (Count, Vlad and Le Stat) certainly bring our doctors and techs lots of laughs and stress relief! ❤️

Washington Ferret Rescue & Shelter, helping ferrets and ferret owners since 1998

Meet Golden Leaf! 🐢 Golden Leaf is a Ornate Box Turtle who decided to make a gigantic egg 😣 Radiographs showed a large, ...
02/01/2022

Meet Golden Leaf! 🐢 Golden Leaf is a Ornate Box Turtle who decided to make a gigantic egg 😣 Radiographs showed a large, partially shelled egg that needed to come out asap! 🥚 Dr. Bennett had to hospitalize her and she ended up laying the next day! Good job Golden Leaf and no more eggs please! 😂

Sundays are for snuggles and snoozes 💜Yawns galore 🥱 💤
10/17/2021

Sundays are for snuggles and snoozes 💜
Yawns galore 🥱 💤

This is Chamillionaire AKA Millie 💸 Millie is only about 3 months old and a whole 5 grams of side-eye and attitude! She ...
10/12/2021

This is Chamillionaire AKA Millie 💸 Millie is only about 3 months old and a whole 5 grams of side-eye and attitude! She got a clean bill of health from Dr. Bennett and is eating lots of roaches and crickets! Thanks for coming by Millie, see you next year 💕

This goes for guinea pigs and other small mammals as well! Keep cool everyone, and thanks to Special Bunny for the adora...
06/26/2021

This goes for guinea pigs and other small mammals as well! Keep cool everyone, and thanks to Special Bunny for the adorable photo 💕

If you live on the west coast (i.e., best coast), then you know this weekend's heat advisory is no joke! ☀️🔥🌡🥵 These temperatures are extreme and abnormal, but you can still prepare -- learn what to do and what to look for to help your buns stay healthy and safe. Check out the overheating info on our website (https://www.specialbunny.org/overheating/) and great shares by our friends Rabbit Advocates and House Rabbit Society for more. And share to help others! Thanks friends ❤

This is Scout! Scout was recently spayed by Dr. Dan and this was her recovering in her warm hospitalization bin ❤️ She c...
06/24/2021

This is Scout! Scout was recently spayed by Dr. Dan and this was her recovering in her warm hospitalization bin ❤️ She clearly did extremely well during and after the surgery and just wanted cuddles from the staff 🥺 The owner did report that Scout has been doing very well since the surgery and living her best life with her 2 other ratty friends 🐭🐭🐭 💕

Dr. Dan was contacted by one of the veterinarians at Bluepearl (on Aurora Ave) about these 2 adorable female guinea pigs...
05/25/2021

Dr. Dan was contacted by one of the veterinarians at Bluepearl (on Aurora Ave) about these 2 adorable female guinea pigs that are up for adoption!

For more information on these cute piggies please contact Bluepearl at 262-527-8510 or email [email protected]. Let’s get these girls a loving home as soon as possible ❤️

We hope you enjoy these photos of Whiskey as much as we enjoyed taking them❤️ Props to Whiskey for being a natural born ...
05/11/2021

We hope you enjoy these photos of Whiskey as much as we enjoyed taking them❤️

Props to Whiskey for being a natural born model ✨

With Easter right around the corner, here’s a reminder that live animals are not gifts or toys! 🎁Rabbits, chicks and duc...
04/03/2021

With Easter right around the corner, here’s a reminder that live animals are not gifts or toys! 🎁Rabbits, chicks and ducklings are the most common Easter pets and often end up being unwanted commitments, leading to neglect and abandonment. After the novelty of Easter wears off, these animals are still a long-term commitment requiring time, attention and money. If you would not purchase this animal any other time of the year, please stick to toys, chocolate and candy this weekend! 🍫 🍬
And of course, cute baby photos!! These healthy chicks were brought in for their annual wellness check-up. Big thank you to pet owners who understand the responsibilities of owning and caring for animals ❤️🐥🐰

🦔Hedgehog exams are sometimes a little tricky for us as their quills make it almost impossible to perform a thorough exa...
03/30/2021

🦔Hedgehog exams are sometimes a little tricky for us as their quills make it almost impossible to perform a thorough exam. We typically have to use a tiny bit of gas anesthesia to get them to relax. However, Pepper came in recently and was very accommodating with us. We did not have to use anesthesia at all, and Pepper seemed totally comfortable! We even soaked her little feet to get some debris off! Thanks for being so cooperative Pepper!! ❤️

Please be kind to your veterinarians and veterinary staff. This has been an incredibly difficult time for our profession...
03/13/2021
An Examination of Suicide Rates in the Veterinary Profession and the Effect of COVID-19 on…

Please be kind to your veterinarians and veterinary staff. This has been an incredibly difficult time for our profession as we struggle to meet the increased damand for our services while doing our best to keep everyone safe! Helping keep your furry, scaly and feathered family members healthy and happy is always a joy for us but people who refuse to wear a mask or berate us for our safety policies can cause serious stress for us.

https://medium.com/the-top-shelf/an-examination-of-suicide-rates-in-the-veterinary-profession-and-the-effect-of-covid-19-on-966e77cc92e2

Shining a light on a worsening crisis

We appreciate all of our furry, scaly, & feathered friends that helped us survive 2020 🎉🐇🐁🦔🐓🦜🦆🦎🐍🐢 Now for 2021! 💪
03/02/2021
Meet the bunnies that helped people survive 2020

We appreciate all of our furry, scaly, & feathered friends that helped us survive 2020 🎉

🐇🐁🦔🐓🦜🦆🦎🐍🐢

Now for 2021! 💪

While many have relied on their dogs and cats during the pandemic, some pet lovers have relied on their rabbits survive the past year -- and some of life's biggest challenges.

3/02/21 Update: Awkafina has been adopted!! She has been adopted by one of the most responsible, loving family that we k...
02/22/2021

3/02/21 Update: Awkafina has been adopted!! She has been adopted by one of the most responsible, loving family that we know. We are so excited for her to be loved and cherished like she should be ❤️ Thank you for all the love and support everyone!

This is Awkwafina, our rescue leopard gecko. Awkafina was surrendered to us last October when her owner was unable to medically care for her. She was emaciated (refusing food) and had a necrotic tail. After deworming treatments, x-rays, antibiotics, and bloodwork w/ sedation, Awkafina is finally healthy! The necrotic tip of her tail fell off after weeks of cleaning and she has since grown a beautiful new one! She has a voracious appetite; she loves Phoenix worms, crickets (T-Rex gut-loaded) and hornworms! She does have a swollen knee due to metabolic bone disease in the past, but Dr. Bennett has cleared her for adoption! If anyone is interested in Awkafina, please message us or give us a call! 📞

Hope everyone can have a little fun in the snow today (including the furry ones)! Stay safe and warm out there! ❄️
02/14/2021

Hope everyone can have a little fun in the snow today (including the furry ones)! Stay safe and warm out there! ❄️

Happy tongue out Tuesday! 🤪Featuring Ghost, the Blue Tongued Skink! Remember, reptiles cannot speak, so make sure to bri...
02/10/2021

Happy tongue out Tuesday! 🤪
Featuring Ghost, the Blue Tongued Skink!

Remember, reptiles cannot speak, so make sure to bring your scaly friend to a veterinarian at least once a year (just like you would do for yourself)! 🐍🐢🦎

One of our clients alerted us to a family pet contest hosted by Seattle’s Child! We thought it’d be a fun activity durin...
02/02/2021
Enter your pet in the Seattle's Child Family Pet Cover Contest! | Seattle's Child

One of our clients alerted us to a family pet contest hosted by Seattle’s Child! We thought it’d be a fun activity during quarantine and it’ll be awesome to get some more representation for exotics! Feel free to post some of those photos in the comments too!

https://www.seattleschild.com/pet-contest-enter-your-pet-in-the-seattles-child-family-pet-cover-contest/

Pet contest: Send your photos! Seattle's Child is seeking pets (Dogs! Cats! Guinea pigs! Birds!) and their kid buddies for March/April cover.

Quarantine got us like- Featuring Little Miss Daisy Henrietta Pockets ❤️
01/20/2021

Quarantine got us like-

Featuring Little Miss Daisy Henrietta Pockets ❤️

12/24/2020

Happy Holidays, everyone!

🦜Our office will be closed from December 24, 2020 through December 27, 2020 for the Christmas holiday.
🐇Additionally, we will have reduced hours on December 31, 2020 (8am-12pm) and we will be closed on January 1, 2021 for New Year's.
🐢Results for diagnostics (Bloodwork, Cultures, Histology, etc.) may be delayed as our veterinary laboratory will also be closed during the holidays.
🦔If your pet is having a medical emergency, please contact Bluepearl (Seattle or Renton location) at (206)-364-1660. The veterinarians there will personally contact Dr. Bennett or Dr. Dan regarding our clients.

Thank you for all your continued support and we hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season! ❤️🎄🎁

This is Sunset, the not-so-red red tailed boa. Sunset came to us with after an accident during feeding time and somehow ...
12/21/2020

This is Sunset, the not-so-red red tailed boa. Sunset came to us with after an accident during feeding time and somehow managed to dislocate and fracture her jaw. Dr. Dan operated on her immediately the following day, and was able to flip her jaw back. Sunset is and has been on the road to recovery ever since and is looking like a normal snake again! 🐍

Happy December, everyone! 🎅🏻 Moira the Canary is asking everyone to please read this update!! (And yes, she will be judg...
12/07/2020

Happy December, everyone! 🎅🏻 Moira the Canary is asking everyone to please read this update!! (And yes, she will be judging you if you are not wearing a mask outside!)

Per requirements from the Department of Health in WA state we would like to ask you, whether it be for a scheduled appointment, dropping off/picking-up a pet, or picking up food/medication/etc., to please BE SURE that you are always wearing your mask (over your nose) when interacting with members of our staff. We realize that some interactions are very quick, but we do ask that you have your mask on during the entirety of the interaction.

Please note we never leave an animal unattended in our hospital. If you are not in our parking lot when your pet is finished with their appointment, you are running into the appointment time of the next patient. This is unacceptable and a fee of $33 will be charged to your account. We ask that you please remain in the parking for the duration of your appointment as we provide your pet with the best care possible in a timely manner.
During these times, we understand that it may be frustrating not being able to accompany your pets into their exams and not being able to speak directly to the doctors. However, our assistants are more than happy to answer all your questions or transfer you to the doctor if time and availability allows it.

REMINDER: The Dept of Health requires masks to be worn if you are in public settings; including parks, streets, etc. whenever 6 ft of physical distance cannot be maintained. As our interaction often requires us to cross that 6 ft, we do require that you wear your mask over your nose for us to assist you.

We know times are difficult, but we just want to be sure we are doing our part in keeping everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Thank you for understanding! ❤️

Address

10501 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA
98133

General information

The Bird and Exotic Clinic of Seattle is your NW source for cutting edge medical and surgical care of exotic pets including birds, lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, ferrets and other small exotic mammals. We have a dedicated staff of exotic animal veterinarians who operate in a setting free of cats and dogs. This allows us to provide excellent services in a low stress environment. Please visit us and get the care your exotic companion deserves. From emergency operations to routine examinations we are here for you.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm

Telephone

(206) 783-4538

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Chloe's been a patient of Dr Tracy since we landed in Seattle (94?). We adore her!
Thank you SO MUCH (yes, we are SHOUTING!) for the outpouring of love and support for Amia! She did great and even began eating some soaking wet veggies (for extra hydration) early last evening, thanks to post-op pain medication (metacam). Controlling pain is always crucial after spay/neuter, especially for girls, because a bun in pain won't eat and that can spiral quickly. Bun-savvy vets like Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle know this and always send the patient home with some. If you are new to bunnies or choosing a new vet, don't be afraid to ask questions like that in advance! Check out our website (link in comments) for vet and spay/neuter aftercare info! Thank you for helping and loving bunnies ❤❤❤
Prayers up for Amia, undergoing a spay today ❤ One of our newest intakes, Amia was expected to be young, healthy and adoptable, but upon meeting her we could see she was elderly, arthritic and suffering a bad ear infection. Thanks to great medical care from Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle , which also uncovered anemia and a likely ulcer, and a loving medical foster family, Amia has rebounded beautifully and is strong enough for her spay, crucial for reducing reproductive cancers. Her care has cost $475.32, not counting the spay. Would you please consider chipping in $5 for Amia and share? (Venmo and PayPal links in the comments too.) Thanks fam ❤
Shout out to you all--thank you so much for squeezing Sonja in for a much-needed Lupron shot yesterday. We were all set to come by Saturday as scheduled, but when she laid an egg Wed., it created a different level of urgency to get it done between eggs when it was safest to do so. I know you were already booked solid and made time for her, and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it.
Here are some recent pictures of Booie for you all! Thanks for taking such good care of her! in the pic on the right - she kept climbing down onto my lap and dozing off. :-)
Spraying means it's time for spaying! Spaying is invasive and difficult on girl bunnies, but it's so worth it to prevent unwanted litters and many bad cancers. We are so lucky to have Dr. Dan and his team at Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle for gentle care and attention. Your $300 donation helps us spay one girl. www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=HMUTAY239RYRA Calendars, tote bags, and pint glasses still available to ship or pick up in the Seattle area! Visit specialbunny.org to shop.
Four calling birds are great, but not as great as the ability to call Dr. Dan and his team at the Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle. Without them, we wouldn't be able to help the healthy and special needs bunnies in our care. Dr. Dan helps us so much and is wonderful to offer a shelter discount to us as a non-profit, but our bills are still quite high. In future days you'll have an opportunity to sponsor a spay or neuter ($200-$300 each). Today we're asking if you can donate $5 a month towards our vet bills. This is our smallest ask of the 12 days to give everyone an opportunity to help us help our animals in the most critical moments of their lives. Thank you for your support. We couldn't do this without you. Calendars, tote bags, and pint glasses still available to ship or pick up in the Seattle area! Visit specialbunny.org to shop.
Happy Hollidays to you all
Hi everyone at Bird and Exotic Clinic! Thank you SO MUCH for the loving and wonderful care and support you have given Starlight (and me) as my ducky healed from her broken leg. As you can see, she’s up and walking and standing and doing GREAT!! I’m so grateful for Dr. Bennett’s expertise and the kindness of everyone at the clinic through this emotional journey 💖.
We are happy to announce that Hogan and Hazel have bonded!! Please let Dr Dan know ~ love is in the air! Happy Valentines everyone 💕
Ruby is happy to be home from her spay and back with her boyfriend, Milo, who missed her dearly.
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